Have you ever tried to make loaded stuffed tater tots?
My better half had an inspiration. He thought it would be a good idea to make stuffed tater tots for our winter family weekend coming-up. He had some at a restaurant near us and literally stuffed himself with tater tots one day.
I always like a cooking challenge and thought how hard can it be?
I went to the grocery store, bought the ingredients and started the process. I manage to peal, grate and mix all ingredients with the potatoes without too much collateral damage. The challenge took place when I started to form the tots. Mister I know it all thought there was no way a restaurant who sells so many loaded tater tots would go through what I was experiencing. There must be a way or a machine that could do that. He was sure he could find something on YouTube that would help. Well, of course he did not. After an hour, producing enough tater tot for 2 people –About 8 tots -, the kitchen was a disaster zone. However, one thing he actually found, was the kind of potatoes that would stick better together than the one I used. So the following night, I was going through the process again this time using red-potatoes. They, indeed, stuck better together, but it was still difficult. I then decided that maybe he was right, and it was time to ask the experts. Not the YouTube experts but the real professionals. They gave me three tips:
- Idaho potatoes are the best to make tater tots because of their high starch content
- You need to simmer the potatoes with their skin until they are cooked al-dente before grating them.
- You need to add cornstarch to the list of ingredients.
ET VOILA! It worked.